So, I thought I would start off the day with a good old-fashioned book review. Since I am currently reading the second book in this (fairly long) series and a (not so great) movie rendition of this book premiered a few months ago, I would like to review the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 🙂
FIRST OF ALL, I do NOT typically like science fiction. Although I enjoy the Star Wars movies and an occasional Star Trek installment, I always HATED reading Sci Fi in the past. However, this book was SO GOOD! First of all, this book goes beyond a fictional story and speaks to issues of war, love, human rights/responsibility, and more. The story is about a young boy named Andrew Wiggin (a.k.a. “Ender) that is basically bred to save the world from destruction from an alien race known as the “buggers”. He is a third child in a society of two children per family, but his older siblings did not have the right personality the international military wanted. Ender seems to be the perfect mix of love for others and anger for justice. The military ships him off to Battle School that is located on a ship far from Earth. They put him through brutal training and social experiments in order to prepare him to be an influencing factor to end the “Bugger War”. I won’t tell you the end of the book because I HATE it when people do that to me, but I will say that it is a bit of a surprise and is a satisfying ending to a satisfying book. Go read it people!
I think that Card uses children as the heroes because of their innocence and (seemingly) easily pliable minds. Ender is very smart however, and frequently gets mad with the commanders for obviously playing with his mind and emotions. This book definitely goes beyond other Sci Fi stories to really speak to human rights and responsibility. I also learned that some military schools have this book as a required reading as it can teach a lot about humanity and the pros and cons of war. In conclusion, book can appeal to many different kinds of people and thus I think you should go read it. 🙂 Plus there are a lot of other follow-up books so you can continue the goodness!
Before I go, I want to mention that you should NOT watch the movie before you read this book. You probably shouldn’t watch it AFTER you read either because it is a bit of a rushed disappointment…but some of it was enjoyable to see and I’m glad I still did.
I need to get into a book club, because I love this kind of thing. 🙂 Let’s start one, K?